Photo by Denis Sinyakov, Reuters

 

I’m a big fan of Thomas Friedman’s column in the NYTimes. He is currently in Moscow and wrote a great piece this past Thursday on the political climate there:

“But what will Putin do next? Will he really fulfill his promise to let new parties emerge or just wait out his opposition, which is divided and still lacks a real national leader? Putin’s Russia is at a crossroads. It has become a “sort-of-but-not-really-country.” Russia today is sort of a democracy, but not really. It’s sort of a free market, but not really. It’s sort of got the rule of law to protect businesses, but not really. It’s sort of a European country, but not really. It has sort of a free press, but not really. Its cold war with America is sort of over, but not really. It’s sort of trying to become something more than a petro-state, but not really.”

Russia: Sort of, but Not Really, Thomas Friedman

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